(Divisov, Czech Republic)
Copy of an instrument by Conrad Graf, opus 318
This instrument is a historically accurate replica of a Conrad Graf piano from 1819, made by Czech-based American keyboard maker, Paul McNulty. This replica is of Graf’s last Viennese style of instrument, before the influx of English pianos into continental Europe. The pianos built between 1810-1820 by Graf had thick strings, but had small hammerheads and thin soundboards. Thus, the instrument produces a rich and Romantic-period style sound, but still retains the clarity and brightness of an earlier, Classical-period Viennese instrument. Schubert and Beethoven had instruments similar to this during the later part of their careers.
This instrument was purchased through the School of Music by Dr Geoffrey Lancaster in 2004, and arrived in Australia and entered the ANU Keyboard Institute in 2007.